Westlake resident Brandt Jobe closed with a 73 in today's final round at the U.S. Open to finish at 6-over par for the tournament and in a tie for 18th place.
It marked Jobe's highest finish in 11 career trips to the Open. His best previous finish was a tie for 33rd in 2005. Jobe, 42, has been plagued by hand and wrist injuries the past two seasons.
His troubles began in November, 2006, when Jobe accidentally severed the tip of his left index finger and the base of his left thumb in a freak home accident. A broom that Jobe was using to sweep his garage broke in his hand and a piece of jagged metal poked through the plastic outside covering and caused the hand injuries. Jobe subsequently developed a wrist ailment while trying to tweak his swing to compensate for his diminished strength in his left hand.
Sunday's finish marked Jobe's best effort in a major since his accident in November, 2006.
_ Jimmy Burch